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6 Benefits of the Self Hypnosis Trance State

There are a fair amount of people who still have misguided notions about self hypnosis. After watching Hollywood movies, TV programs or even stage hypnotists, they think self hypnosis is a parlour trick, magic or even evil!

The self hypnosis state is just as natural to you as sleeping is. In fact every one of us, including you, enters states of trance throughout every day. When you first wake in the morning and just before you go to sleep you are in a self hypnosis trance state. If you watch television, read a book, daydream or become engrossed in a task you are in a state of hypnotic trance. Entering trance, or a state of self hypnosis, is just as normal and natural as the breath you breathe!

How many times have you performed a task, which is automatic for you, yet you could not remember the actual mechanics of doing it? Not recalling the details from your journey home from work is a classic example of this. On such occasions you are in a self imposed state of trance.

Are you aware though that when you are in such a trance state that you are highly susceptible to suggestions given to you? These suggestions seep deep into your subconscious mind where they take root and flourish! This is why you see so many billboards and advertisements on common road routes that many people use. People enter hypnotic states when they drive and advertisers know this. Why else would they spend millions on advertising costs to put billboards and other advertisements in places that are viewed for only seconds at a time?

Just as advertisers know how to use the science of trance to influence your buying behaviours so you should also know how to use the self hypnosis state to influence your own behaviours. It is possible to alter just about any area of your life using this highly effective technique.

Here are 6 things you can use self hypnosis for to change your life today!

1. Remove or Change Behaviours. Self hypnosis is a proven tool for eliminating behaviours that people deem negative or inappropriate. If you have any behaviours that you want to stop then using this trance-inducing technique is the key.

2. Removing Negative Beliefs. Many people hold very negative views about the world that greatly effect their productivity, personal interactions and their performance. Are you harbouring any misguided, negative beliefs about yourself that affect your quality of life? Many beliefs, like “I’m not good enough” or “all men are cheats”, can seriously damage your quality of life. Through self hypnosis you can easily influence your mind to eliminate these beliefs quickly and permanently.

3. Implant New Positive Life-Affirming Beliefs. You can implant new beliefs into your subconscious mind easily using this approach. How would you like to think, feel and believe as Bill Gates does? How do you think that would affect your life? Do you think it would help you in business?

4. Pain Relief. Hypnosis is used frequently within the medical establishment as a form of pain relief. As hypnosis and self hypnosis are essentially the same thing it should come as no surprise that self hypnosis is also highly effective at reducing pain.

5. Stress Relief. You can reduce or totally eliminate stress with very little effort.

6. Weight loss. This is probably the most common use for this tool as the western world encounters weight problems that are becoming epidemic. If you have a weight problem or just want to shed a few extra pounds then this is a very effective way of doing it.

With major advancements being made in our understanding of how the mind works, and how it affects our bodies and the world around us, using such a powerful tool can give you an advantage that you would not normally have. Pre-made self hypnosis recordings are very advanced. In recent years that have started to use the latest advancements to create faster, deeper and more effective trance states. In fact many of the very best titles use cutting-edge technologies and psychological mechanisms to create instant and lasting change as is the case with phobias and fears.

Some more research into the subject should show you how, almost, unlimited the uses of self hypnosis are. You may be surprised as the varied ways in which it is being used today by ordinary men and women, highly paid corporate executives, Olympic athletes and politicians! You too can use the same power to access your own subconscious mind and make changes you never dreamed were possible.

Now that you have a better understanding of how self hypnosis can help you why not give it a try? You never know how your life could improve!

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Using 5-HTP As a Natural Flight Anxiety Treatment

With the almost necessity of air travel in today’s society it is important for everyone to be comfortable with flying throughout the entire duration the flight. While flight anxiety to some degree is extremely common and afflicts nearly all travelers at some point during the flight, for some this anxiety gets to a point of becoming unbearable. The sufferers experience constant and often debilitating worry and anxiety throughout the flight which makes the entire experience at its best, miserable, and potentially dangerous to their health.

Different solutions are sought by different people. Some people choose to drink mass amounts of alcohol, others look to prescription medicines to help them relieve their anxiety. Both of these methods often do not even work that well, and have terrible side effects. These can cause extreme disorientation, and once you arrive at your orientation disorientation is not something that is very helpful.

There are also natural solutions people employ. These include music therapy, and meditation. Both of these methods can be effective, however it is rare for these to be effective, and it often requires years of practice to master this solution to the point where they can provide meaningful relief.

A final, and recommended solution is to take a natural supplement to help relieve anxiety. One of these supplements is known as 5-HTP. 5-HTP is actually a naturally occurring amino acid found in the brain. This amino acid is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin. This means that it activates a part of the brain to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is known to affect mood, and anxiety levels. When you take 5-HTP, it naturally causes the brain to produce more serotonin which decreases anxiety levels, and can lead to a happy stress free flight.

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2 Herbs That Can Help You Control Anxiety Naturally

Valerian Root

Valerian root is a natural growing plant that has sweet smelling pink and white flowers. It is a native plant to Europe, Asia, and South Africa. It was brought to the United States by a German Chemist. In Germany, Valerian Root is used for many purposes; it was given to unruly children to calm them, it is used as a coffee substitute, and has been used to treat urinary tract infections, depression, and sleeplessness. In the medieval times, it was even used as a condiment on food! Today, we mainly use valerian root for anxiety. Valerian Root has many benefits as well as disadvantages, here are some of them.

In most cases, Valerian Root produces a calming, even sleepy feeling that is often used as a natural or holistic way to treat anxiety. Most people feel the calming effects within a half hour of taking the herbal remedy. It is most commonly taken in a capsule or tea form as that is how it has its strongest effects. It should not be mixed with other drugs and should be taken if you are driving or engaging in any other activity that requires alertness as Valerian Root may cause you to go to sleep.

Although the American Herbal Products Association has classified Valerian Root as being completely safe, some people still experience side effects from it. The most common of these side effects include irritability, nervousness, heart palpitations and anxiousness, the exact opposite of what they are taking it for. When drank in tea form, some people have also reported hallucinogenic dreams. Pregnant women should not take Valerian Root. Some people that have taken Valerian Root have also claimed an addictive quality to it when trying to get off the herb after a long time use.

Passion Flower

Multiple all natural or alternative treatments exist for anxiety disorders, including herbs like Chamomile, Valerian, and St. John’s Wort. One of the better natural treatments is Passion Flower. Passion Flower has been used for hundreds of years by Native Americans for symptoms of pain and insomnia. Today, Passion Flower can also be used to alleviate the symptoms of panic attacks, stress or nervousness.

It also happens to be a very safe alternative to prescribed drugs. The FDA considers Passion Flower to be GRAS, or generally known as safe. Overdose or reactions are rare, however, it is recommended that adults ingest no more than 200 mg per day. Grown in tropical regions and typically found on a woody hard vine and produces a fruit similar to a berry. It is commonly dried, mixed with herbs like Valerian, and drank in a soothing tea. It can also be made into caplets for ingestion.

It is believed that the Flavanoids like Vitexin and Chrysin that are found in the plant actually act as a sedative deep in the nervous system. One of the benefits of taking Passion Flower is that it does not cause drowsiness, so it can be taken during the day or while working. Instead, the Passion Flower helps achieve a natural mood balance.

Because the Passion Flower and other alternative medicines are growing in popularity, it can be purchased in many different places. Local health food stores and larger organic grocers carry it in both tea form and caplets. It can also be found at drug store chains like Walgreens or CVS in the supplement section of the pharmacy. has Passion Flower for sale, as do many other websites. Just be sure you are purchasing from a reputable source so that you are getting pure and natural Passion Flower.

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Depersonalization – How to Cure It

The first onset of depersonalization is perhaps the most terrifying. You are presented with such a shocking perceptual contrast compared to how you were used to observing reality that it can quickly start triggering a cascade of panic attacks. Latent depersonalization may break dormancy as a result of drug consumption, which tends to amplify inner states, or a shocking experience such as being involved in a car accident. Whether you have smoked marijuana or the depersonalization came out of nowhere, perhaps from environmental stress or the natural course of anxiety, the underlying problem is identical in both cases and is known as an anxiety disorder. If anxiety escalates to a certain point it will result in dissociation of your senses in order to protect your brain from information overload by dampening perception. Depersonalization is therefore your brain’s protective mechanism against excessive stress and it achieves this protection by withholding any emotional response. As protective as it may be, chronic depersonalization is by no means a pleasurable experience and frequently conveys a feeling hopelessness and ultimate doom upon the struck individual. Confusion, excessive worries, unsubstantiated feelings of guilt, depression, fatigue, and almost insanity are few words that clearly depict this dissociated, anxious atmosphere.

Depersonalization is also a state of extreme self-reflection and therefore can surface all your negative, dormant problems to your consciousness. As a result dormant anxiety is set free and amplified forcing you to deal with it on an unprecedented scale. Furthermore, anxiety is notorious for skewing judgment and manufacturing negative, exaggerated and even false portrayals of reality adding to overall confusion. You might feel like going insane and never returning back to your old perception – that is how convincing anxiety can be, but remember you are not alone (many experience and experienced it) and you are not going insane. If you were going insane, you wouldn’t be aware of it – the worry about your sanity is a proof of not being/turning psychotic – remember this comforting paradox. Another question that might strike your mind repeatedly is whether this horrid feeling is permanent. The answer is a soothing no, but only if you are willing to bring some changes into your life. Defeating depersonalization means defeating anxiety, as that is the source of the problem here. Overcoming anxiety does not have to be difficult if one knows what he/she is doing, otherwise it can be a struggle and even counterproductive. Fortunately, I have a great recipe for you to bring you out of depersonalization quickly and for good:

Finding the core of anxiety – You are depersonalized because your anxiety got out of hand. If you suppress your anxiety by avoiding everything that aggravates it you are essentially falling under its command. It might be easier at first to just avoid anything that evokes the slightest hint of anxiety such as going to the mall in the fear from all the people there, but this behavior will only reinforce the underlying anxiety as the time passes rendering you frightened, antisocial, and isolated. Therefore in order to really start treating your anxiety, rather than pushing it to the corner of your attention, you must think about its possible sources. Try to notice the triggers, which spike your anxiety, and once you do address them appropriately. If you feel like a cup of coffee worsens your panic attacks, which it usually will, simply exclude it from your diet. If the problem is a lack of self-worth and fear of social interaction, expose yourself to the trigger so you can realize the true reality of the situation – anxiety can be greatly misleading and will do its best to implement negative/paranoid thoughts into your consciousness. Getting rid of the very core of your anxiety is a guarantee of relief. Just like weeds re-grow if the roots are left in the ground, your anxiety will return if the sources are not dealt with. There are plenty of cognitive approaches to addressing anxiety in a rational way so don’t be afraid to give them a try.

Meditation – A cheap and effective anxiety remedy. Sit down, straighten your back, and breathe deeply. Try to do this every day for at least 10 minutes and enjoy the yielded benefits. Meditation is a great tool for learning to be an objective observer of the reality. It allows you to perceive without reacting subjectively and so calms your senses, while sharpening them at the same time. It will help you to analyze your anxiety triggers and give you a new, positive outlook on life.

Exercise – Not only physically healthy, but mentally as well. A major problem with depersonalization is the inability to look at the surrounding reality without questioning its integrity and so you are constantly reminded of the inner anxiety. By engaging in a physical activity such as jogging, biking, skateboarding or simply going for a long walk you will be distracted enough to think about something other, more pleasant, than anxiety. Exercise, just like meditation, is a versatile remedy and even studies speak highly of it – it has been proposed that frequent exercise promotes growth of new neural connections within the brain!

Constantly thinking about anxiety and negative thoughts is what reinforces depersonalization and so does not permit its departure. The above-mentioned techniques serve to break this vicious cycle and prevent you from entering it again. I have found them as a highly efficient catalyst to curing depersonalization. What could be a matter of months or even years can be turned into weeks or less by bringing the required reforms into your life. There are also other anxiety remedies to consider such as supplements, herbs, and life-style changes other than those mentioned here. Because I didn’t want to bore you with too many words I have included only the techniques that I have found most effective and essential to recovery. Nevertheless, if you are interested in other approaches than listed here then please look into it for sure – the more you do for your anxiety the sooner it will be over!

Hold strong and good luck!

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Driving Again Without Fear: Getting Rid of "Highway Driving" Agoraphobia

If you have anxiety, chances are you may be afflicted with agoraphobia as well. If this is the case, you may have the specific fear of driving on the highway, which is quite common amongst agoraphobic individuals.

You may be wondering how you will ever get over this fear, and how you will ever function “normally” by driving to work every day, visiting friends, and going shopping just like you used to! Well, here is the secret that will help you overcome this phobia!!!

The following technique is what I call the incremental detox method, and is based on the renowned psychotherapist Arnold Lazarous, who developed Systematic Desensitization:

1. Upon awakening each morning, relax, take a hot shower, and grab yourself a cup of your favorite (decaf) beverage.

2. Go to your vehicle outside, and sit in it for approximately 10 minutes, having your favorite beverage, and with no distractions…except perhaps quiet music in the background. Do not drive or start the car.

Do this every day for two weeks.

3. Follow up after two weeks by increasing the time you spend in your vehicle. And remember…no noise or distractions. You can try starting the car, but please do not drive anywhere. Just sit, relax, and enjoy looking around at the scenery. Think positive thoughts, and do not worry about anything during this experience.

4. Continue increasing the time spent in your vehicle, so that you become used to the act of sitting in there in a peaceful mode. Then start to drive just down the street and back, and after two more weeks, around the block. Again, please leave your music on low…preferable tranquil music without words. Enjoy your quiet ride, and don’t let anyone interrupt your time (i.e. keep cell phones off, no loud music or conversations, etc…).

5. After a month or two, you will be comfortable enough to begin driving during the day time for about five minutes onto a quiet highway nearby. If you feel more at ease with a friend along, then by all means bring this trusted friend into your car for company. However, please inform this friend that you need a peaceful ride without stress, because you are conducting an experiment to help yourself heal from anxiety about driving.

6. Over time, you’ll feel even more comfortable to drive on the highway, either with or without your friend. And remember that you’ll want to only do this at YOUR pace and no one else’s pace! This means that, if it takes you 5 months to get to the point of driving on the highway, that’s perfectly ok!

Don’t let anyone PUSH you to go faster in the process!

Always know that it is very RARE for agoraphobia to just “go away” in a month, two months, or even three months. It takes a process like the above one to bring you to a level of comfort, and that is ok!

Please be patient with yourself, and ALWAYS do the exercises ONLY when you are calm and relaxed. Eventually, you will be finding yourself driving with ease, whether at night, during the day, or even in rush-hour traffic! You will truly be amazed at the results!

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Can Valerian Root Help Relieve Flight Anxiety?

Every year air travel is used by a higher and higher percentage of Americans to the point where it is now almost completely unavoidable. Air travel is now just another means of transportation that is nothing out of the ordinary.

While most people have heard the statistic that you are more likely to be killed just driving your car every day than you are to be involved in a plane crash, this does nothing to help those who suffer from severe flight anxiety. Flight anxiety is sometimes difficult to define and understand. This is because nearly everyone who flies experiences some form of flight anxiety at some point during the flight. For most people this feeling goes away quickly, and they go throughout the rest of the flight in relative relaxation. However for the unlucky few this feeling comes as soon as the plane starts to taxi, or even before, and lasts until the plane is fully on the ground again.

To deal with this problem everyone has his or her own approach. For some they choose the ostrich approach, that is to stick their head in the ground and simply ignore the problem. For others they rely on alcohol or prescription medicines. Both of these have very undesirable side effects.

Another, much preferable method, is the use of natural supplements. One that works quite well for flight anxiety is Valerian Root. This root has been used for centuries as a natural source of anxiety relief. If the anxiety sufferer takes 150-450 mg of Valerian root shortly before the flight they should experience a much more pleasant flight.

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Job Interview Anxiety? What You Can Do to Calm Down and Impress Your Interviewers’ Socks Off

Job interviews are inherently stressful. Your livelihood depends on it, especially if you’re currently “in between jobs.” But you don’t have to be at the mercy of your anxiety and stress hormones. Read on to discover a few powerful techniques that will help you stay cool.

Of course, you’re not the only one who’s nervous about job interviews. Most people are. It’s “normal.” But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. After all, clammy hands and sweat pouring down your forehead are not designed to help you nab the job you want. So while a few butterflies are okay and can even be helpful, a full-blown panic attack is definitely not in order.

Just be sure not to overdo the calming stuff. If you’re so calm and laid back that the interviewer thinks you don’t really care either way, you’ve overdone the stress management. But that’s probably not a big danger as long as you lay off the Valium or other calming prescription medication. You want to be alert and interested, not medicated and zonked out.

So what can you do? Some of the things that help are just common sense. Get enough sleep. Go for a walk. Wear something that makes you feel confident — and comfortable. And do your homework.

The better you’re prepared, the more confident you’ll be, and the more confident you are, the less nervous you’ll be.

But there are a few bonus things you can do:

Deep breathing. Calming aromatherapy. Maybe a small dose of a “calming” herb, such as valerian. Be careful though. Don’t take valerian for the first time ever right before you go to your job interview. Why? Because you want to make sure you know how you react to it. You also want to make sure it doesn’t relax you to the point where you’re no longer safe to drive.

So try it at another time or a few first, just to get familiar with what it does – and doesn’t – do for you. Most people find that it takes away the jitters and makes you feel a lot calmer without having any other effects. And then, there’s an extremely powerful technique you can use that has no side effects at all. And that’s EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique. It’s a mind/body technique and works much like acupuncture, but without the needles. Instead, you tap on the meridian points.

And you can learn it quickly and do it anytime and anyplace. So you could tap for a few minutes right before the interview, and let yourself be surprised at how calm and confident you are.

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The Only Real Cure For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

In this article I will talk about irritable bowel syndrome specifically IBS-D which manifests itself in loose bowel movements or alternating diarrhea and constipation. I will not talk about IBS-C which appears to manifest itself in solely bloating and constipation.

If you have landed on this page it will be because you like many millions of others have either been trying to self diagnose your condition or more likely that you are looking for a cure. I must warn you in advance, although I have an academic background I am not a medical health professional and you should always consult a doctor before embarking on any form of treatment however mild.

In this article I will be covering my battle with IBS for approximately 10 years and how I finally found a cure that works. Everybody has a different story when it comes to IBS-D but as I found out, we all have something in common. I will go on to discuss this in the following paragraphs but I just want to start by saying a little bit about me.

About 10 years ago I was a young university graduate and decided to join a job that first seemed exciting with infinite possibilities. I soon learned that this job was very stressful and required a 24 hour commitment. I didn’t have a problem with working hard but I had a problem with my work environment. Many people at work were miserable, anxious, and horrible to one another and constantly testing their bodies to the limit. It seemed the norm to be constantly stressed out, have a poor diet and feel like you had no control over your life. My work was my life and my life was nonexistent.

Within a few months I started to come into work and make my way straight to the toilet. As any sufferer of IBS-D will known this meant constant diarrhea. It didn’t matter what I ate or drank I would always have diarrhea. It was not uncommon for me to visit the toilet three or four times a day having eaten little to nothing and immediately have diarrhea.

Slowly I just got used the feeling and for whatever reason I thought nothing more of it. As soon as I would eat I would not feel at ease until I had gone and empties my bowels after which I immediately felt better. Along with the diarrhea I would lose water from my body which I never had time to replace so I looked like a dried out prune. Over 5 years I continued to do this to my body hoping that I would find a better role in my job and finally this would all stop.

It certainly did not go away in fact into my 6th year of IBS-D suddenly out of nowhere I started getting debilitating cramps followed immediately by diarrhea. I would have these cramps 5-10 times a day and would literally need to run to the toilet or feel like I was about to soil myself. This made it difficult to be effective at my job which then created a vicious cycle causing my IBS-D to completely go out of control.

I suddenly thought that I had developed cancer and stated reading everything on the internet about what disease matched up with my symptoms. I found quite a few which is why self diagnosis is not such a wise idea. I went to my doctor and we stated off with a course of antibiotics as he thought I might have developed in infection after an episode of food poisoning.

This didn’t have any lasting effect and soon I was back to him demanding more in depth tests. This started a with a breath test to rule out food allergies and went onto multiple blood tests to eventually eliminating ulcers, colitis, coeliac disease, Crones disease gut infections, etc. I then went to the next and final step which was endoscopy of both the upper and lower digestive tracts. This all came back negative too. Finally I was diagnosed with severe IBS-D. In one way I was relieved to know that I didn’t have something like colon cancer but at the same time I was depressed thinking IBD apparently has no cure.

The next chapter of my life involved trailing a long list of medicines in the hope that they would resolve this issue. Now I want to tell you that of the drugs that I took, there are many people out there that rave about some of these drugs and what it has done for them. That is great as everyone’s body is different and what works for you may not work for me.

I am addressing the huge numbers of sufferers worldwide who like me have tried everything under the sun and were unable to find a cure. Now the following is a non exhaustive list of drugs which I tried and the results by their side.

Fibre (ineffective) Made things worse

Pre & Probiotics (ineffective) At first seemed promising but quickly stopped working

Exercise (ineffective)

Drinking Lots of water (ineffective) Made things worse

Exclusion diet (ineffective) Some foods like cheese, chocolate, spice made my IBS worse but exclusion of all the culprits did not resolve matters.

Anti Spasmodic (ineffective) Lots of different brands but all useless

Imodium (ineffective) Helped a little with the diarrhea but certainly not the cramps

Tri Cyclic Anti Depressant (ineffective) Has a drying up effective at first but quickly runs out

Hypnotherapy (ineffective) Very insightful and relaxing but not enough by itself

At this point the consultant G.I specialist had run out of ideas and I was left to suffer on my own.

Having done countless hundreds of hours of research I came across the answer. In Islam we believe that for every single disease God has made a cure so go seek it.

These are my opinions on IBS-D;

IBS-D will not kill you, it can easily be treated and there is nothing seriously wrong with you

IBS-D Is a functional disorder which is caused 99% by stress be it conscious or subconscious

IBS-D can only ever be treated by dealing with the cause behind the problem and not the problem itself

IBS-D affects people generally in the Western world where the 24/7 lifestyle and pressures of society cause people to be stressed out beyond limits and this is often brushed off as mild anxiety or depression.

So here is the magic bullet you have all been waiting for that worked for me and if my concept is correct should work 100% without fail for genuine IBS-D sufferers.

First accept that you have IBS-D because you are under pressure consciously or subconsciously and this is your body’s way of warning you that enough is enough.

I spoke to my G.P and asked for Venlafaxine XL which is an SNRI antidepressant. I choose this specifically because it had constipation as one of its side effects; it was a powerful antidepressant and reduced visceral hypersensitivity.

Within 6 months at 150mg a day I had completely 100% recovered from any symptoms of IBS-D.

So how did it work? It is simple; the vicious cycle of stress, followed by cramps followed by diarrhea was broken. I no longer worried every time I went out if I had been food poisoned or where the nearest toilet was. It just let me get on with life without thinking about IBS and soon I was able just stop worrying about IBS and that is it.

Every single person reacts differently to different antidepressants so try them and see which one works best for you. Whilst you are on them you could try using hypnotherapy to make you understand that if you take the stress away then you break the cycle. It’s your thoughts that control your bowels. Controlling your thoughts will help control you’re IBS but as I said before hypnotherapy is ineffective on its own.

The only other drug that I have used when coming off Venlafaxine was a benzodiazepine called Alprazolem, brand name XANAX. In the UK this is not prescribed on the NHS so you will have to get it by private prescription. This drug can be addictive but if you have good self control it is an excellent drug to use on a controlled as needed basis. One tablet of 0.5 mg and I would be saying what IBS? You have to be very very careful not to increase your dose or develop a habit for this drug. You should also know it can develop tolerance and so you will then need to start increasing your does. Use it like it is supposed to be used as a treatment for IBS and not recreationally for you pleasure and you will have no problem.

Finally I’d like to conclude by saying that if I didn’t have God in my life I probably would have given up long ago. Now I have my life back and am free from IBS-D. God always gave me hope so never give up the search for treatment and treatment starts with knowledge of your condition. So don’t make the mistakes I made and loose ten years of your life before realising that we are all human and we all have breaking points. If you have gone past that breaking point your body will tell you one way or another so listen to your body.

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Peer Pressure Teen Stress

Peer pressure teen stress can be defined as the way teenagers try to behave due to pressure coming from their peers. This kind of stress is triggered by issues like the need for approval, acceptance and the need to have a sense of belonging. When teenagers, the pressure that comes with trying to gain approval or acceptance or find a sense of belonging leads to all kinds of circumstances causing stress in the life of teenagers which if not checked may result in health related problems.

Issues that can cause peer pressure teen stress:

The two main settings that teenagers get their peer pressure stress from are the school and the home and there are many issues arising out of these settings which causes stress in teenagers of which some are

1. Issues relating to mixing with others

2. The feelings they have towards themselves relating to how they see themselves and how they think others see them

3. Problems that may arise out of the home with other family members

4. Traumatic or grief related events like divorce between parents, death or illness in the family can also be a likely cause for teen peer pressure

5. Having to adapt to a new school environment

6. Having to move to an environment or place they are not comfortable with

Some ways of dealing with peer pressure stress

1. A positive attitude

One way of tackling this type of stress in teenagers will be for teenagers to encourage themselves to adopt a positive attitude towards life. This will involve them having to adopt a healthy eating habit, avoid using alcohol or drugs as a way of solving their problems, cutting down on the intake of caffeinated drinks among others…

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Five Teen Drug Trends You Shouldn’t Ignore

Experienced parents know that fads come and go. Something that ignites teen fever one day may fizzle into nothing a few weeks later.

But when it comes to teen drug use, trendy designer drugs can be just as dangerous as the substances we’ve been warned about for decades. Even those that quickly lose their appeal among teens do their share of damage along the way.

Here are five of the most dangerous teen drug trends you shouldn’t ignore:

Teen Drug Trend #1: Bath Salts

Bath salts hit the teen drug scene in 2010 and have since become a serious concern among law enforcement, hospitals, drug rehabs and parents. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, calls about bath salts are up from 303 in all of 2010 to 3,470 between January and June of 2011.

Bath salts are stimulants similar to meth and cocaine, but they are being sold legally under the names Vanilla Sky, Aura, Hurricane Charlie, Ivory Wave and many others. To get around the laws that would make bath salts illegal, manufacturers label them “not for human consumption” and sometimes market them as plant food or other seemingly innocuous products.

The active chemicals in bath salts are mephedrone and MDPV, but there is currently no reliable way to test for these drugs. At least 35 states have banned ingredients found in bath salts and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is considering making these drugs controlled Schedule I drugs like heroin and ecstasy, yet teens are still easily accessing these drugs.

Bath salts can make a perfectly “normal” teen psychotic – literally. Physicians throughout the country have been shocked to see their emergency rooms inundated by delusional, violent teens who are high on bath salts. Teens present with dangerously high fevers, high blood pressure, racing heartbeat and muscle agitation so severe it can lead to kidney failure. In addition to being highly addictive, these drugs can cause heart attack, seizures, muscle damage, stroke and even death.

After being treated with heavy sedatives and antipsychotics in some cases, adolescents sometimes end up in the psychiatric hospital because the bath salts made them so violent, paranoid and out of touch with reality. Even after days of being sedated, the psychosis can come back, causing some to fear that the effects of these drugs may be permanent.

Teen Drug Trend #2: Kratom

Kratom is the newest drug gaining popularity among teens in the U.S. Derived from a plant found in southeast Asia, kratom has been used for a variety of medicinal purposes in other countries. Kratom is sold in the form of leaves, powder, extract or capsules, and can be swallowed, drank as a tea or snorted as a powder.

Kratom is not controlled by the DEA and is known by the names Thom, Kakuam, Biak, Thang or Ketum. The effects of kratom vary from alertness, increased energy and weight loss (in small doses) to relaxation, dry mouth, sweating and reduced sensitivity to pain (in large doses). The drug takes effect within minutes of use, producing a mild high that typically lasts two to five hours.

Even though it is legal and readily accessible, kratom is addictive. Once addicted, teens who stop using kratom may experience withdrawal symptoms such as cold-like symptoms, depression, diarrhea and insomnia. In an effort to cope with these withdrawal symptoms or to amplify the high, teens may begin using harder drugs or mixing kratom with alcohol or other drugs.

Teen Drug Trend #3: Spice / K2

Another drug that has likely made its way into your community is Spice, also known as K2, skunk or J-dub. Spice is a blend of herbs sprayed with a potent psychotropic drug that contains synthetic cannabinoids. The drug impacts the same receptors in the brain as marijuana (hence the name “legal marijuana”), but Spice can be up to 10 times stronger than marijuana, producing a high that typically lasts one to two hours after smoking.

Spice has landed many adolescents in the emergency room. It can cause vomiting, agitation, panic attacks, hallucinations, seizures, high blood pressure, paranoia and elevated heart rate.

Despite these dangers, Spice is legally sold as “incense” or “potpourri” in head shops and on the Internet. A few states have banned Spice but teens continue to find ways to skirt the laws by purchasing the drug online. Because Spice does not show up on drug tests, many parents falsely believe that their teens are drug-free.

Teen Drug Trend #4: Salvia

Salvia is a powerful hallucinogenic herb that is being used as often as Ecstasy and even more often than LSD, according to The New York Times. The drug comes in a variety of forms, including seeds, leaves or liquid extract, and takes effect within seconds if smoked.

Salvia affects a different area of the brain than other drugs such as opiates or other hallucinogens. The experience is not a “high” but a sometimes disturbing altered sense of reality. Teens abuse salvia for its intense but short-lived hallucinogenic properties. Other effects include disconnectedness from reality, dizziness, a sense of being in many places at one time, and bizarre sensations of “hearing” colors and “seeing” sounds.

Salvia is not currently regulated by the DEA, though it is considered a drug of concern. A number of states have regulated Salvia, but the process is slow to catch up to the severity of the problem.

Teen Drug Trend #5: Prescription Drugs

Teen prescription drug abuse is not “new,” but is so pervasive, and so dangerous, that it merits a place in the top five teen drug trends. There are as many new abusers of painkillers as there are of marijuana, according to SAMHSA’s 2007 National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH). This means that when your teen is deciding which drug to try, they’re as likely to try prescription drugs as they are marijuana.

The most popular prescription drugs abused by teens are painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, but a significant number of teens abuse stimulants and depressants as well. In the majority of cases, teens get prescription drugs for free from a friend or relative. Because they are legal when prescribed by a physician, teens believe prescription drugs are less dangerous and less likely to get them in trouble with parents or the law.

The consequences of teen prescription drug abuse can be as severe and life-threatening as illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine. Painkiller abuse can cause teens to stop breathing. Abuse of depressants can result in decreased heart rate, depressed breathing and seizures. Stimulant abuse has caused heart failure, high body temperature, irregular heart rate and seizures. These effects are worsened when teens take prescription drugs with alcohol or other drugs.

Every day, 2,500 youth ages 12 to 17 abuse a prescription painkiller for the first time (NSDUH, 2007). Drug use starts young – 13 is the mean age for abuse of stimulants and sedatives, and more than half of teens who have abused prescription pain relievers first tried them before age 15. Studies show that the earlier drug use begins, the more likely teens are to struggle with drug addiction in adulthood.

You Are Not Powerless

What all of these drugs have in common is that they are easy to obtain, difficult to detect and are legal in certain forms. Because there is a strong demand for these drugs, experts believe we will continue to see new variations on designer drugs in the years to come.

Talk with your teen early and often about the dangers of drugs, whether legal or illegal, and be vigilant about safeguarding your medications and setting clear expectations for your child’s behavior and attitudes around drugs. Drug trends come and go, but the one that sweeps up your teen could impact their life forever.

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